MAHOMET — Both the seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ basketball teams have been having great seasons. Unfortunately, one of those special seasons came to an end in the regionals. The other did not, as the M-S seventh-graders are determined to get back to the state tournament for the second year in a row.
Seventh-graders claw their way to regional title
After cruising past Edison 46-15 in the regional semifinals, the MSJH seventh-grade girls’ basketball squad knew that the regional title matchup was going to be a whole new ballgame.
Champaign Jefferson was really good and determined to knock off the top-seeded Bulldogs.
Jefferson led 13-8 at the half, but M-S erupted with a 13-5 run to take a 21-18 lead heading into the final quarter.
It was tied at 25 at the end of regulation.
But the Lady Bulldogs dug deep and pulled away with a 32-26 overtime victory to secure another regional title.
Grace Binkley scored five of the Bulldogs’ seven points in overtime and finished with a game-high 11 points. Ellie Dallas sat out the first half nursing an ankle injury, but she stepped up in the second half and scored eight huge points.
Kylie Waldinger chipped in nine points and swiped eight massive steals.
They improved to 21-2 and played Effingham on Wednesday for a chance to go to state. Unfortunately, results weren’t available at press time.
Eighth-graders’ run falls just short
Game One of the postseason was easy for the eighth-graders. Claire Seal and Sidney Young both scored 14 points as M-S cruised past Danville Northridge 41-6.
Game Two wasn’t quite as easy. Urbana had leveled the Bulldogs earlier in the season, scoring a whopping 41 points. It was a whole different ballgame this time. The M-S defense was terrific and held Urbana to just 19 points, but the offense didn’t come. Seal had seven points and knocked down all three of her free throws, but M-S saw their season come to an end with a 19-17 defeat in the regional semifinals.
The M-S eighth-graders finished 15-8.
“This group has had a very successful junior high basketball career ending with an overall record of 32-17, a Regional Championship, Sectional Championship, and a fourth-place finish at State,” coach Jimmy Lanphear said.
Now, the eighth-graders will look to bring some added talent to a young but very solid varsity squad next season.